Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning

Synopsis: The smart, sassy actress/comedienne's third solo HBO special features material taped in front of a live audience at NYC's Beacon Theater. In this show, Ellen makes her triumphant return to the irreverent, irresistible humor that launched her career.
Director(s): Joel Gallen
Production: HBO Video
  Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
66 min

Ladies and gentlemen,

please, welcome Ellen Degeneres.

Thank you, thank you..

Thank you very much.

Yeah, woo...

This is a very emotional night for me,

you have no idea, ehm

or maybe you do now.

This has been quite a journey for me and...

to lead to this night, because

since I made the decision

to come out three years ago...

Easy for you to say, yeah...

My life has been very interesting

the last three years.

And I knew people would maybe

want me to talk about it,

some people may not want

me to talk about it,...

and I went back and forth trying

to decide should I talk about it or not

Ultimately I've decided:

NO, I don't want to talk about it.

It has been talked about enough...

How can I even, what would I say?

I feel it would be best expressed...

through interpretive dance...


So, that's what happened...

It is interesting, because...

being down there, and I know a lot of

people have been down there,

it doesn't matter,

what the reason is,

and it is a very symbolic thing,

it's a mental thing...

when you are down there,

there are times,

you do not believe you will

ever... ever get up again.

It's a scary place and it's very dark...

But I believe that is

when you grow the most,

when you face your fears.

That's when you grow.

So I have decided,

I am gonna face every fear I have.

I am gonna challenge myself

every opportunity I get.

People always try to

make you feel better:

There is nothing to

fear but fear itself.

OK, great, now I am scared of fear,

thank you very much, wasn't before.

I also decided to get rid

of the need of approval...

That is a strong addiction,

need of approval, isn't it?

I am on a patch right now actually,

it releases a small doses of approval,

until I no longer crave it,

then I'm gonna rip it off.

Cause if I make that decision

to get back on the stage,

I thought I cannot worry,

what people think about me.

There are things that need to be said

that I will say... I will...

I know, a lot of people

don't want me to say them,

cause people think once something has stayed

a certain way for a certain amount of time,

leave it alone, don't change it.

But I think, things need to change...

and I will point them out to you tonight

I will say these things.

For instance:
Do we

still need directions

on the back of a shampoo bottle?

Oh yeah, I've said it...

Whose shampooing for the first time?


And if you are, you can't read anyway.

You're like a wild crazy ape person

that has been raised in the wild

by monkeys or wolves

or something nurturing that would raise ya.

Reptiles won't raise you,

they don't even raise their own young,

Don't expect them to raise you.

Those monitor lizards don't

even look that dangerous,

but those tail'll whip around,

slapping your head and break your neck.

So if you are in the wild,

try to catch the eye of a monkey

or a wolf or something like that...

Don't look them directly in the eye,

that is threatening to them actually...

Just sideways, if you walk next to them,

and kinda glance...

Actually, if you are lower,

that is even less threatening... just...

Don't smile, if you show your teeth,

that's also threatening.

So say some hikers find ya...

you know...

That is a big find; if they

find a crazy wild ape person,

they're gonna bring you back

to civilization certainly.

But they're not gonna

just throw you in the shower

and expect you to know

how to shampoo your head...

They're gonna shampoo your head for you...

And then you would mimic that.

That is how you survive so long in the wild

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist. DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003. Her stand-up career started in the early 1980s, and included a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. As a film actress, DeGeneres starred in Mr. Wrong (1996), EDtv (1999), and The Love Letter (1999), and provided the voice of Dory in the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016); for Nemo, she was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first time an actress won a Saturn Award for a voice performance. In 2010, she was a judge on American Idol for its ninth season. She starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. During the fourth season of Ellen in 1997, she came out as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her character, Ellen Morgan, also came out to a therapist played by Winfrey, and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues, including the coming-out process. This made her the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television. In 2008, she married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi. DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. She has authored four books and started her own record company, Eleveneleven, as well as a production company, A Very Good Production. She also launched a lifestyle brand, ED Ellen DeGeneres, which comprises a collection of apparel, accessories, home, baby, and pet items. She has won 30 Emmys, 20 People's Choice Awards (more than any other person), and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. more…

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